New businesses open up at ‘Emmerdale’ and 'Heartbeat' Sunny Bank Mills

A wide range of new retail and leisure businesses are to open at the award-winning Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley, where Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat were filmed, as the national lockdown eases.

Farsley Fire and Smoke is an American, hot-smoked meat street food concept, using prime Yorkshire meat, run by husband-and-wife team Ashley Turner and Sarah Chandler

They include the Amity Brew Co, Beckett and Beckett Interiors, Farsley Fire and Smoke and Anahata Yoga. The iconic mill complex has been transformed into one of West Yorkshire’s leading mixed-use destinations.

John Gaunt, joint managing director of Edwin Woodhouse and Co, the family company which owns Sunny Bank Mills, said: “These are very exciting new lettings for us –

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and we are absolutely delighted at the range of businesses who are now joining us at Sunny Bank Mills.

"They broaden our appeal and provide wonderful new facilities for everyone who works at the mill and who lives in Farsley.”

He said there is genuine optimism at Sunny Bank Mills as the country emerges from lockdown.

"I see the spirit of the local people and businesses reflected in these new lettings," he said.

"There is a determination to seize opportunities and to emerge stronger and undefeated. I am full of admiration for the likes of Amity Brew Co, Beckett and Beckett, Farsley Fire and Smoke and Anahata Yoga for opening business at Sunny Bank Mills in the most difficult of circumstances. If we can continue to attract people like this, there is a bright future for Sunny Bank Mills.”

Russ Clarke, co-founder of Amity Brew Co, said: "We have finally been able to open our doors and serve pints to customers.

"The reviews of the location have been glowing. Sunny Bank Mills is a beautiful setting with practical and convenient amenities that you don't find easily around Leeds. The free parking and street food catering is adding so much value to our business. We have everything we could have wanted for our customers.

"Opening properly for the first time ever has felt very surreal, our brewery and taproom has been ready since December, but to sit out on the terrace with the views of Sunny Bank Mills in the background and watch our customers drink it all in has been perfect. Despite the delays, we couldn';t have asked for a better opening."

Deborah Beckett of Beckett & Beckett Interiors added: “The reason we came to Sunny Bank Mills is that we loved the fact the mill cares about keeping the history alive.

"Our interior design business involves using beautiful fabrics to create our interiors and fits in beautifully with the Festoon Rooms where we are based.

“We love the mix of great businesses sharing the amazing surroundings and beautiful landscaping, and feel proud to be working in such a great environment.”

Farsley Fire and Smoke is an American, hot-smoked meat street food concept, using prime Yorkshire meat, run by husband-and-wife team Ashley Turner and Sarah Chandler

Mr Turner said: “We are hugely indebted to the landlords of Sunny Banks Mills for supporting us, first by allowing our vans to sell food to all the businesses here and then for providing a commercial kitchen and a wonderful Smoke Shack for us.

"This has enabled our business to grow swiftly, despite the challenges of the pandemic. We live in Farsley and we feel we are tremendously lucky to have such a vibrant and

friendly community here, with Sunny Bank Mills as its beating heart.".

William Gaunt, joint managing director of Edwin Woodhouse and Co, said: “Farsley Fire and Smoke is a tremendous example of a new business flourishing despite the pandemic.

"We were delighted to help to incubate the business when it first started and now it has boomed. We are very proud to have played a part in this success.”

Anahata Yoga, which is run by Sarah McLaughlin, is moving into the historic Old Combing building at Sunny Bank.

Ms McLaughlin said: “I wanted to open a studio with a real community feel and I absolutely love what Sunny Bank Mills has to offer.

“Filled with local businesses, art studios and designers, it just felt like the right place to be. In the heart of Farsley where I live, my studio's location was key and Sunny Bank Mills ticked all the boxes. The studio is a lovely big space, which is light and airy, so for me it offers the perfect setting for a yoga studio.”

Sunny Bank Mills is currently home to 91 tenants, with around 400 staff.